University of New Hampshire
Thompson Hall, 105 Main Street
Durham, N.H. 03824-3577
Tel: (603) 862-2186 Fax: (603) 862-4140
The Institute for Policy and Social Science Research (IPSSR) operates at the University of New Hampshire within the College of Liberal Arts to serve two goals: facilitate innovation in the teaching and research programs of the University and help to focus the intellectual resources of the school on important problems of the community.
The Institute has its main office in Thompson Hall on the Durham main campus. It assists in the management of the Browne Center, which provides offices, seminar rooms, dining, and team-building training facilities on 103 acres of field and forest 3.5 miles south of town.
Grants and contracts administered through the Institute to support projects by central staff and affiliated faculty currently total more than $5 million.
Director of IPSSR
Dennis Meadows, Professor
of Systems Policy
College of Liberal Arts Business Service Center for
Grants and Contracts:
Angele Cook, Office Manager
The Laboratory for Interactive Learning:
Beth Olshansky, Project Director
Liz Arcieri, Assistant
Games and Publications
The Laboratory was created to design, publish, disseminate, and conduct
training programs for innovative, group-centered learning.
Activities include our sustainable development games Fish Banks Ltd.
and Stratagem, and our art-based writing programs listed above.
Other publications distributed to teachers include: Creating High
Performance Teams, The System Thinking Playbook, Games from Many Nations,
Beyond the Limits and Alternatives to Growth.
Orders will be suspended during the summer of 2004. Contact
Dennis Meadows for updated information.
Thad Guldbrandsen, Research
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Program on Social
Frank Spinelli, Program Assistant
With the support of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the UNH
Program on Social Capital began in the Fall of 2002. Social capital pertains
to the values derived from social networks. The mission of the Program
on Social Capital is to advance understanding of social networks, connect
people working on social capital projects, and support individuals and
organizations throughout New Hampshire who seek to build social capital
in their own communities. The program seeks to carry out its mission by
supporting research on social capital in New Hampshire, sponsoring public
lectures pertaining to social capital, and publishing reports and other
useful information in a periodic newsletter and web page.
For more information, please contact Thad
Guldbrandsen at 603/862-1135.
Andrew E. Smith, Director
Martha Belanger, Program
The UNH Survey Center provides a public service and assists in faculty
research. The Center, located within the Institute's offices in Thompson
Hall, houses specialized software and 24 computer-assisted interviewing
stations. It is one of the most technically advanced polling facilities
in the Northeast.
Private companies, media organizations, government agencies, and non-profit groups utilize our services.
A special focus of the Survey Center is on developing innovative uses for e-mail
and the world wide web in social surveys.
Northern New England Consortium for Research on the Prevention and Control
Ted Kirkpatrick, Director
Joe Pace, Executive Assistant
Justiceworks, located in the Institute for Policy and Social Science
Research at the University of New Hampshire, represents a broad group
of researchers, state planners, policy makers, and professionals in the
criminal justice systems of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. Justiceworks
has a three-part mission of applied research, information management,
for more information.
The Institute manages an exchange program at the Budapest University for
Economic Sciences and Public Administration (BUESPA).
The program now focuses on Justice Studies with courses taught by UNH faculty.
This exchange is a unique opportunity to
study overseas while taking UNH approved courses credited toward your
degree. Dormitory housing is provided for participating students
and faculty on the central campus.
The Balaton Group
In 1981 Dennis Meadows and Donella Meadows conceived a world-wide network
that would bring together teachers, researchers, and consultants from many
countries. The goal was to create a support group for those working
at the frontiers of science and politics related to sustainable development.
The first meeting of this group was held in 1982 in Hungary, making it
comparatively easy to invite Soviet and East European participants to
the same venue as their Western colleagues. Hungarian officials provided
a small hotel on the shore of Lake Balaton, about 60 miles southwest of
Budapest. The Balaton Group met there annually ever since, and it
now includes several hundred scientists and their students.
The IPSSR provides administrative and scientific assistance to the Balaton
Group, and has supported the participation of many UNH faculty and
students in the Hungarian meetings of the group.
The Winant Fellowship endowment is administered
by the Institute. It provides income for grants to encourage student interest
in careers that involve policy and public service. In the summer of 1995,
four students each received a $2,000 fellowship. Internship agencies
have included Dover Children's Home, Victims Assistance Program, The Chase
Home, Nashua Children's Center and the New Hampshire State Senate.
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